An Exploratory Study of Cognitive Sciences Applied to Cybersecurity

Roberto O. Andrade, Walter Fuertes, María Cazares, Iván Ortiz-Garcés, Gustavo Navas

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Cognitive security is the interception between cognitive science and artificial intelligence techniques used to protect institutions against cyberattacks. However, this field has not been addressed deeply in research. This study aims to define a Cognitive Cybersecurity Model by exploring fundamental concepts for applying cognitive sciences in cybersecurity. For achieving this, we developed exploratory research based on two steps: (1) a text mining process to identify main interest areas of research in the cybersecurity field and (2) a valuable review of the papers chosen in a systematic literature review that was carried out using PRISMA methodology. The model we propose tries to fill the gap in automatizing cognitive science without taking into account the users’ learning processes. Its definition is supported by the main findings of the literature review, as it leads to more in-depth future studies in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1692
JournalElectronics (Switzerland)
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas ESPE of Sangolquí, Ecuador, for the resources granted for the development of the research project entitled: “Detection and Mitigation of Social Engineering attacks applying Cognitive Security, Code: PIC-ESPE-2020-SE”. The author also acknowledges the Universidad de Las Américas of Ecuador and his Engineer degree in Information Technology for support in this work. Additionality, we want to thank the members of the group IDEIAGEOCA for all their support in the research.

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  • cognitive security
  • cyberattacks
  • cybersecurity


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